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Poster: Lou Davenport Date: Oct 3, 2007 3:05pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Lunatic poll

Okay, my brain is still leaking from the after-effects of Liam's fun mind exercise, and I've lost all impulse control, so here's another way of thinking the unthinkable:

How would you rank your favorite band members, songs, and years--all in one numerical list? Yes, this involves comparing apples and oranges. For example, which do you like better: Dancing in the Streets as a contribution to the band's setlists throughout the years, or all of the performances in 1974, or all of Pigpen's contributions to the band?

The following top 21 is my hastily-assembled first pass at such a ranking. Please don't read too much into it--remember, my brain is still leaking. I'm sure I've forgotten something obvious.

1. Jerry
2. Phil
3. 1969
4. 1977
5. New Potato Caboose
6. The Eleven
7. 1973
8. Dark Star
9. 1976
10. Morning Dew
11. Bill
12. Playing in the Band
13. 1968
14. Crazy Fingers
15. Eyes of the World
16. 1972
17. Slipknot
18. Scarlet Begonias
19. Franklin's Tower
20. Fire on the Mountain
21. Pigpen

And of course: 00. What's Become of the Baby

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Poster: SomeDarkHollow Date: Oct 4, 2007 8:08am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Lunatic poll

You guys
The Parking Lot
The Camp Ground
The dude who gave me a lift to the next show and wouldn't take gas money
Camping out with a bunch of heads to get tour tickets and tormenting the ticket brokers' agents in line
Whoever first thought "I wonder what would happen if I filled this here ballon with N02 and inhaled?"
Al Gore (solely based on his invention of the internet and the subsequent advent of online digital downloads
Lightning storms rolling up the Flat Irons as seen from the seats at Red Rocks
Did I mention you guys?
The dude who first said "Hey, want to hear something a little different?"
The dude who then said "If you like it, I can make a copy for you"
Encores that didn't involve OMSN
1979 Fall Tour
Jerry's lost finger: Never has so few given so much for so many
Any Big River where Jerry decides to rip the shit up and kicks into overdrive
Augusta 84
'74 slow Peggy-O's
Wilford Brimley
The Great Ararat Conspiracy
Jerry's toilet on e-Bay
Giving tickets away to unsuspecting Heads
Perma-Grins
Clean blotter
Hydroponics
Grow Lights

Did I get off topic? Sorry.

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Poster: northstar dead Date: Oct 4, 2007 8:50am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Lunatic poll

Now that's a list
Sweet

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Poster: tigerbolt Date: Oct 3, 2007 8:15pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Lunatic poll

1.Garcia
2.Hunter
3.1973
4.1968
5.1981
6.Billy
7.Phil
8.1969
9.Bob
10.Barlow
11.1972
12.1974
13.Playin
14.Dark Star
15.Eyes
16.China>Rider
17.Kieth
18.Sugaree
19.To Lay Me Down
20.1979
21.Spanish Jam
22.The Eleven
23.Mountains Of The Moon
24.Pigpen
25.High Time
26.Estimated
27.Stella Blue
28.Althea
29.Birdsong
30.The Other One
31.Morning Dew
32.Alligator
33.Crazy Fingers
34.Help>Slip>Franklin
35.Brent
36.Mickey
37.Kesey
38.Ramrod
39.Parrish
40.The Bear
41.Uncle Bobo
42.Donna
43.1977
44.1976
45.1970
46.Bruce
47.Sage and Spirit
48.Peggy-O
49.Doug Irwin
50.So Many Roads.

subject to change at a moment's notice.

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Poster: William Tell Date: Oct 3, 2007 8:21pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Lunatic poll

That's nice--we have very similar top fives...sorry, but as lame as I am (in terms of valid muscial analysis) I need all the supporting confirmations I can get.

Cool.

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Poster: Lou Davenport Date: Oct 3, 2007 8:48pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Lunatic poll

50? 50? Wow!

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Poster: cream-puff-war Date: Oct 4, 2007 7:07pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Lunatic poll

1. Fall 1966: I first learned of bands with names like Grateful Dead and Big Brother when my father sent me letters with folded handbill flyers for Avalon Ballroom dance concerts from Experimental College at SF State College (SFSU now); he taught a seminar 2 doors down from where Fillmore & Family Dog tickets were sold (at Hut T-1, Experimental College).

2. Early 1969: I moved back to San Francisco, leaving a stable home with strict rules under my Mom and step-dad to begin the long strange trip it became for me sharing life with my beat-nik Pop.

3. Fabulous Furry Freak Bros: I had to get used to the stench of cat-spray and non-working toilets at the pads of my Dad's friends... I found the cost of freedom.

4. Tune In: First listened to free-form FM radio KSAN and KMPX within weeks of arriving. Mostly the DJs like Tony Pig, Stephan Ponic and Dusty Street talked a lot everytime I convinced my friends to turn on the radio, but one night while on the way to Mendocino with my Pop there was a mind-blowing uninterrupted program of heavy acid rock... on AM radio!
We shared a timeless evening on the road in a VW Bug without saying a word while listening to the music.

5. 1st GD LP: Early '69, my radio-skittish neo con pals the Evans Bros show me the one weirdo record in their collection... the 1st Grateful Dead album.
I'm allowed to stare at it for 15 seconds. Playing it was out of the question.

6. Turn On: Half a tab of Purple Owsley is the 1st mind altering trip I take, early 1970.

7. 1st Grateful Dead tape: Walking by the back lawn of Lowell High School, I overhear a freak playing his mono Craig cassette recorder... it pulled me right in, a catchy riff... I ask and he tells me it's Saint Stephen.
He had taped it at a show (I presume now Feb. 1970).

I decide I have to see this band live.

8. 1st live show: April 1970, Carousel Ballroom - Miles Davis, Grateful Dead.

Later that year the best song performances I note at the time were Easy Wind, Alligator (with kazoos, not available on tape), Casey Jones, Truckin', St. Stephen, Dire Wolf, It's All Over Now (the song the Stones made popular), Morning Dew

(more later)

This post was modified by cream-puff-war on 2007-10-04 17:43:58

This post was modified by cream-puff-war on 2007-10-05 02:07:49

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Poster: Edsel Date: Oct 3, 2007 8:49pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Lunatic poll

First Iteration:

00. Owsley
01. 1967
02. Viola Lee Blues
03. Jerry
04. Pig
05. Phil
06. Bill
07. Bob
08. Dark Star
09. The Other One
10. 1968
11. 1972
12. Truckin
13. Kieth
14. Brent
15. Ripple
16. Easy Wind
17. Hunter
18. Uncle John's Band
19. Cats Down Under The Stars
20. Donna

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Poster: geolectro Date: Oct 4, 2007 2:49am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Lunatic poll

I'm pretty jazzed to see that a few people put Bill so high up, cause like he's the man, don't you know

1) I Know You Rider, Summer 1966 version
2) Jerry's Goldtop
3) Bill
4) Owsley's tape recorder
5) Mickey's nervous breakdown
6) Bob's Macrobiotic diet
7) Mountains of the Moon
8) Phil's microphone
9) Pig
10) Keith & Donna
11) Ramble on Rose

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Poster: JamminJerome Date: Oct 3, 2007 7:31pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Lunatic poll

okay my brain is about to explode...

1.) Jerry
2.) Hunter
3.) Phil
4.) Dark Star
5.) 1968
6.) 1969
7.) New Potato Caboose
8.) The Eleven
9.) Shakedown Street (the long super-jammy versions)
10.) 1979
11.) 1977
12.) Viola Lee Blues
13.) Eyes of the World
14.) Brent
15.) 1990
16.) Pigpen
17.) American Beauty
18.) Bill the Drummer
19.) Help>Slip>Franklins
20.) CE>TOO>CE
21.) Keith
22.) Bruce
23.) Bobby
24.) To Lay Me Down
25.) Terrapin Station

Sorry Donna. Killed one too many PITBs for my tastes. I'll give her an honorable mention, along with John Perry Barlow, Vince, Tom, and Branford Marsalis.

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Poster: mcgannahan Date: Oct 3, 2007 8:11pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Lunatic poll

jerry
jerry
jerry
jerry
jerry
jerry
jerry
jerry
jerry
jerry
jerry
jerry
jerry
jerry
jerry
jerry
jerry
jerry
jerry
jerry
jerry
jerry

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Poster: johnnyonthespot Date: Oct 4, 2007 8:51am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Lunatic poll

Kudos to the mention of Hunter and Owsley! Could proabably throw Kesey in there too maybe?

but MOST of you guys are whacked. NO mention of Bob hardly? You need to have your ears checked. Who the F is playing all the signature and UNIQUE hooks and themes in songs such as China Cat, Scarlet, Terrapin, 1/2 Step, and way too many more to even mention?

You can't even consider their musically most triumphant years 72-74 without Bob.

Or even 69. Consider this - do you really think that Jerry would have had the freedom to dance with his guitar without Bob filling in ( brilliantly imo ) the middle? Give me a break! The band would have been left in the dust a million

You should go immediantly to the NFA>GDTRFB>NFA on Skull and Roses and listen to it on headphones where each guitarist is on seperate channels. Then come back and see if he makes your top 20.

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Poster: William Tell Date: Oct 4, 2007 10:35am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Lunatic poll

I do agree with you here JOTS...I have difficulty picking out instruments, have no muscial training, etc., etc., BUT my focus on the early era has led to a number of instances when I figure out that Bob is doing something really amazing (again, I have no idea if it really is, but it sounds great to me) in any number of jams that I never noticed before, and certainly never picked up seeing them live (should have of course).

Good point. Also like seeing the importance of others (Bear, etc) as there were so many critical inputs to this amazing band...Like, San Francisco, Bill Graham, etc., etc., etc.

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Poster: johnnyonthespot Date: Oct 4, 2007 10:49am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Lunatic poll

crap! I see I didn't finsish that one sentence. What I was going to add was the band would have been left in the dust like a million other classic rock bands without that crazy middle part. that's my opinion and I happen to think I'm right. As great as Jerry was, and Phil, and hell all of them, If Jerry did not have the freedom to pick and choose his leads, the freedom to inter twine, or to lay out, I don't think the music would have been what it is. Just take China Cat as a PRIME example. Listen to just what Jerry plays and tell me that song would have worked.

Just my opinion. Most will disagree. Plenty of people like the JGB way more than the Dead. I can see that point but as dynamic and soulful as Jerry's bands could be, I never got transported to strange lands by them like I did allmost everytime by the Dead.

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Poster: William Tell Date: Oct 4, 2007 11:20am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Lunatic poll...objective analysis proves JOTS is right.

Here is the perfect example to prove your point from an early era fanatic. Take the fall, 68, when Bob & Pig are 'fired'. The Heart(Hart)beat shows in Oct, lacking those two (Bob and Pig are absent; eg, 8th, 10th, etc), though nice, leave me flat. Others have sung their praises, but as a huge fan of that period, I don't see them as all that great (Matrix shows). HOWEVER, the two Avalon shows, 12th & 13th, ARE great, and Bob IS present, but not Pig.

So, no knock on Pig, but having Bob there on those two nights (again, relative to nights in the same month, same song sets, etc.), proves his value...most all agree those two nights are huge.

Bob rules.

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Poster: high flow Date: Oct 4, 2007 11:48am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Lunatic poll

That is 100%, without a doubt correct.

I have become a Bobby admirer. I admit, it has taken a great deal of time for me to come around. I went to shows to see Jerry, but having access to so many shows of such superb quality(in every facet), I've been educated.

I knew Bob was a big part of the band(see 4/5/71, good, clear guitar interplay).

But man, the more you listen, the harder it becomes to discount his contribution. I think the 1973 recordings illustrate his efforts best.

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Poster: Speaking in Swords Date: Oct 3, 2007 6:34pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Lunatic poll

1. Garcia/Hunter
2. 1975
3. the various 'jams' such as Mind Left Body, Feelin' Groovy, Tighten Up, Spanish, etc.
4. China Cat Sunflower
5. Bill The Drummer

Top 5 lists are all I'm good for. Also subject to change on a rapid basis, such that this list will be obsolete by the time I post it.

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Poster: William Tell Date: Oct 3, 2007 5:02pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Lunatic poll

Whoa--listing with a twist...this is getting difficult.

Here goes:

1968
Jerry
Hunter
1969
Phil
1970
Saint Stephen
Eleven
American Beauty
Workingman's

Done.

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Poster: Death&Mercy Date: Oct 3, 2007 5:16pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Lunatic poll

I just had on VaultII.

The St Stephen, WT, 11 gives me chills every time.

If I could have seen just one of those performances .....

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Poster: William Tell Date: Oct 3, 2007 5:28pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Lunatic poll

You and me both.

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Poster: Lou Davenport Date: Oct 3, 2007 5:46pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Lunatic poll

Yeah, I couldn't make those shows cause I was watching the Banana Splits Adventure Hour (one banana two banana three banana four...). But hey Tell, at least you heard a Golden Gate Park show from the car!

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Poster: Barney Oldbutt Date: Oct 3, 2007 7:50pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Lunatic poll

La la la, la la la la, la la la la la la la la!

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Poster: Administrator, Curator, or StaffNoiseCollector Date: Oct 4, 2007 9:28am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Lunatic poll

29. Gary Coleman Phone Sex Tribute
Click for MP3


Click for WAV OGG OR FLAC and the entire album below.

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Poster: high flow Date: Oct 3, 2007 5:12pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Lunatic poll

....that's just the bottom-left corner of a grander tapestry.....back-up and get a different perspective.....funny...when you stand so close to something so large.....;)

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Poster: William Tell Date: Oct 3, 2007 5:25pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Lunatic poll

Huh? I can't back up or I'll fall off...

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Poster: high flow Date: Oct 3, 2007 5:29pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Lunatic poll

oh yeah! Sorry.

I meant back up, as if you were standing w/ your nose pressed against a Blue Whale. You'd say, "this is definetly an enormous blue innertube!"

But if you were to "back up".........perspective. That's all I meant....

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Poster: William Tell Date: Oct 3, 2007 6:02pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Lunatic poll

If I can't smell the whale, I don't KNOW the whale...I have to stick my nose in it.

That is the difference between you and I, High...I have a
longer nose...that has to be stuck somewhere...

Take that metaphor and run with it.

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Poster: AshesRising Date: Oct 3, 2007 5:54pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Lunatic poll

1.) Jerry/Hunter
2.)

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Poster: William Tell Date: Oct 3, 2007 6:04pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Lunatic poll

Now that's a ranking!

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Poster: Lou Davenport Date: Oct 3, 2007 6:09pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Lunatic poll

Is #2 "space"?

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Poster: AshesRising Date: Oct 3, 2007 8:06pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Lunatic poll

Lou Davenport: as usual, a priceless post filled with grace. Actually, #2 is what the listener brings --- or does not bring --- with him/her/It to #1.

Thank you for all your kindness in this Forum.

--- AshesRising

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Poster: Lou Davenport Date: Oct 3, 2007 8:47pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Lunatic poll

And thank you, sir! But c'mon man--you're making me blush. Grace?

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Poster: AshesRising Date: Oct 3, 2007 9:39pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Lunatic poll

Yes. The fact that you recognized the word/term and have a bit of an idea about me should provide you with enough knowledge that there is no hyperbole involved. Only Truth ......and gratitude.

You may be interested in the following I posted at another Forum. I think I posted here as well, but it's after midnight and I gotta go poke around and cannot search at the moment:
http://www.deadnetcentral.com/WebX?14@771.2aLMaHHnHao.1@.3b9e3b78/8073

If you're interested, "Lou Davenport," I started the topic back at post #7469 at that forum. Fascinating to watch how other's minds twist in the wind with the subsequent two weeks of posts. I received several positive email responses from individuals we both respect --- so, yeah, I mean it when I write it.

Do you need a copy of the Jerry/Grisman release, "The Pizza Tapes?" As all-ways, just let me know ....all I ask is for patience in reTurn.

--- AshesRising [Jerri1031-dp3 AT yahoo DOT com]

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Poster: cream-puff-war Date: Oct 3, 2007 6:35pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Lunatic poll

hey, sorry I don't understand how this poll works.

But, re: my Eleven playlist project, I went with Lou Davenport's favorite The Eleven.

1966 - one way to better appreciate this year, well this is what I recently experienced while in the passenger seat of Jesse Block's Jeep...
he put on an early '66 GD concert, real loud as we drove around on a sunny day - itstarted off with Viola Lee Blues, with a "Swanee River" teaser intro (so, what date is that VLB from?)

It's funny, Jesse said it was from 1967.

Anyway, put on a '66 show real loud, in yer SUV, windows down, Victorian gingerbread scenery optional - you'll get it!

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Poster: William Tell Date: Oct 3, 2007 7:33pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Lunatic poll

Swanee River teaser? Damn--got me...where is CLIFF when you need him?

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Poster: cream-puff-war Date: Oct 3, 2007 11:45pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Lunatic poll


Viola Lee Blues (July 16th, 1966) on Birth of the Dead, disc 2 is the one I heard with the "Swanee River" teaser.


Similar to the July 29th '66 VLB opening.

I guess by the end of July they dropped the Swanee teaser.


Lou Davenport picked the VLB I was trying to remember right off the top!




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Poster: Lou Davenport Date: Oct 3, 2007 8:44pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Lunatic poll

I fit in VLB through King Bee on the second BotD CD (the last few tracks as I was stacking firewood in the basement), and only missed the first inning. What a job Beckett did in the Sox/Angels game! And yes, I played it loud. Thanks for programming my mid-evening.

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Poster: Lou Davenport Date: Oct 3, 2007 6:45pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Lunatic poll

Will do. I'm going to put on the July 66 version that was included on Birth of the Dead, where Jerry (?) says at the end, "That was a song about jail." I'll have just time for it before the next ballgame starts.

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Poster: Stealz Date: Oct 3, 2007 4:37pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Lunatic poll

1.Jerry
1a.Hunter
2.Phil
3.1977
4.Terrapin
5.Jack Straw
6.Keith
7.Brent
8.1980
9.1974
10.1983
11.Mornin Dew
12.Help>Slip>Frank
13.Birdsong
14.Althea
15.Cassidy
16.China Cat>IKYR
17.PITB
18.BK/Mickey/Bobby
19.Dylan covers in general
20.Scarlet>Fire
21.Bertha



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Poster: Death&Mercy Date: Oct 3, 2007 3:46pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Lunatic poll

1. Jerry
2. Phil
3. Bob
4. Billy
5. Donna/Keith
6. Brent
7. Dark Star
8. Mickey
9. 1972
10. 1980
11. Morning Dew
12. 1969
13. China Cat > Rider
14. 1973
15. Scarlet > Fire
16. 1974
17. Deal
18. Terrapin
19. The Other One
20. Here Comes Sunshine


subject to change on a daily basis.

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Poster: Lou Davenport Date: Oct 3, 2007 4:25pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Lunatic poll

"5. Donna/Keith"

Keith's right hand and Donna's left larynx?

Subject to change on a daily basis? Not hourly?

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Poster: Death&Mercy Date: Oct 3, 2007 4:39pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Lunatic poll

I'll review that #5 ranking. It may indeed have been too high.

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Poster: Death&Mercy Date: Oct 3, 2007 4:02pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Lunatic poll

and yes, I get your point about Dancin. I generally dislike any version without a Tighten Up jam.

but come on bro, give Bobby a spot somewhere ...

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Poster: Lou Davenport Date: Oct 3, 2007 4:20pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Lunatic poll

22. Death Don't Have No Mercy
23. 1970
24. Bob
25. Sweet Viola Lee Blues

And actually, I like both 1970 and late 70's Dancing in the Streets--as long as they don't spend more than a minute or two chanting "Dancin', Dancin', Dancin' in the STREETS..."

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Poster: Death&Mercy Date: Oct 3, 2007 4:48pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Lunatic poll

Death Don't and Viola ..... very nice additions.

I gave the Bobby/Donna Dancin another shot yesterday - 10/11/77..... still no good. It's just not for me.

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Poster: Scrim Date: Oct 3, 2007 6:34pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Lunatic poll

Black Sabbath

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Poster: Lipotor Date: Oct 4, 2007 1:43pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Lunatic poll

yes

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